Dec 13, 2012 11:00am PST
: and even though the u.s. economy slumped its low interest rates have helped vault the u.s. back to its traditional role as b.c.'s largest trading partner. the major issue here is the lumber industry and u.s. house building, so that the b.c. lumber industry follows very closely the cycles of american home building. narrator: in vancouver itself, there is less new construction, and the older houses are bought by a new asian demographic. in the last couple of years, wi the... with the decline of the business immigrants and the wealthier immigrants, 've hacontinuing a very signifi, and that movement is perhaps reflectemore by tse properties we see. we're in vancouver's east side now, a much more modest area, and people living here would be coming from india, from the people's republic of china, perhaps from the philippines. narrator: without great wealth and power, these new asian americans are not likely to encounter the same kinds of cultural conflicts. they just want to adapt and make new lives for themselves in a city of diverse local voices and ever-changing global connections. within
Dec 6, 2012 11:00am PST
of the wealthy ci that seems so far away. tokyo in east asia, along with los angeles in the u.s. and mexico city, are defined by geographers for their enormous size. tountryazil, the mega-city ofaoau arhas joined the ranks of these world-famousetpolises, size. wi a population of 1million people at the startof t 21st century. sao paulo is a city of immigras, at the startof t 21st century. who built it neighborhood by neighborhood. the first immigrants to arrive were portuguese explorers and jesuit missionaries, who settled here in 1554 and broughthhem brazil's language a religio bureal growth did not begin between 1880 and the 1950s,4 more tn ve million italians came to sao paulo, atacted by jobs in a booming coffee industry. along with these agricultural workers came small business owners and craftsmen who established an italian enclave cled bixiga on the outskirts of the city., geographer fisco scarlato nestudies immigration patterns, assimilation and the expansion of sao paulo. he was an artisan anhe. myaterl grandfher came at the beginning ofhe century. narrator e factory is sti inthan ever.